With the opening of Pure Life Adventure’s new adolescent programming in 2022, they are pleased to announce the addition of a new therapist to their team. Brook Jackson has spent the last 17 years supporting young people in various settings and Brook will be joining Pure Life Adventure as a program therapist for all gender adolescents ages 15-17 years old.
Brook began his counseling career in 2005 and spent his time learning how wilderness environments can help facilitate change for individuals. He has experience as a professional guide and is a certified drug and alcohol counselor in wilderness therapy. As part of his experience in wilderness therapy, Brook supported teens who struggled with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, trauma, and substance abuse. As Brook continued his work as a chemical dependency counselor in a residential treatment center, he made a distinct choice for his career path. Brook attended Oregon State University where he earned his Master of Science in Counseling with a dual focus in clinical mental health and school counselor for middle and high school-aged students. This particular focus and age group made Brook an ideal choice to care for youth within Pure Life’s adolescent program.
Brook’s focus on adolescent-age youth has provided him with essential experiences that built an important understanding unique to this age group. He is well versed in the impacts of screen addiction, social media, chronic stress, and bullying on adolescents’ self-esteem and emotional wellbeing.
Pure Life Adventure knows that the success Brook has already had in his career with wilderness therapy and adolescents will be a great benefit to students who join their program. They look forward to seeing the impact Brook’s approach to expanding awareness of thoughts, emotions, and relationships will have for Pure Life’s students. Brook’s philosophy is to foster a genuine and trusting therapeutic relationship while using a combination of motivational interviewing, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and strength-based therapeutic techniques that will inevitably create lasting and positive change for his students.
Outside of his professional career, Brook has a love for getting outdoors, with a special emphasis on adventures with his wife and their dog. During his own time, Brook enjoys soccer, skiing, whitewater rafting, running, backpacking, and exploring nature. He seeks peace and freedom through his time in the wilderness. Brook grew up in Portland, Oregon, and completed his undergraduate degree at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
Pure Life Adventure can’t wait to begin this new adventure with its adolescent program under the thoughtful and experienced care of Brook Jackson.
Pure Life Adventure uses researched-based techniques with integrated therapeutic models throughout its adventure therapy program. Pure Life’s adventure therapy program, based in Costa Rica, works with struggling young adults to build self-efficacy, teach healthy coping strategies, behavioral and emotional regulation, leadership skills, and life skills that will allow participants to become independent, productive, and successful adults. For more information about Pure Life’s adventure therapy model and admission process, please visit http://www.purelifeadventure.com